OAKLAND — Asked about the stress of the MLB trade deadline before Sunday afternoon’s game with the Minnesota Twins, manager Bob Melvin brought up Sonny Gray — the Oakland A’s most valuable chip — unprompted.
“It’s like getting down to the eighth or ninth inning and hoping you hang on,” Melvin said. “As far as the Sonny situation, obviously, a lot plays into that. He’s been a guy that’s I’ve been really close to over the years and he’s pitched some great games. The fan base loves him, but it’s also about the future of the organization.”
The A’s pushed Gray’s start from Sunday to Monday night, after the 1 p.m. deadline.
“So, I’d be happy as heck to keep him,” Melvin added. “But I also understand if there’s something that we can’t pass up, then the front office has to take a look at that. So, it can be a little bit consuming the last week and when you get down to the last day or so, you just want to get past it. So, I’m looking forward to the afternoon tomorrow.”
One team source said that the A’s already have all the Gray offers on the table and are now simply deciding which offer one to accept.